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Seems like Microsoft has gone panicky with the recent announcements from Google and the hype its causing. They are trying everyway to counter it and get over their nightmares. Chrome when it came as a browser itself, caused so much of trouble for the Microsoft people. But that was pretty ok. IE was never a trump card for MS in the market. Although I am a regular windows user, I never ever use IE. Its such a horrible terrible thing in every possible way.

When Google came in with chrome that was goddamn light(pops up the second u click it..) and with innovative features like the “Incognito window” (something that was very essential for my kinda ppl) they too fought back with IE8 where they called incognito as “in-private”..And guess what they came up with as a promo..well they came up with this..

That was such a pathetic ad that i cudnt even believe that was a product of MS. Infact this OMGIGP will catch u if u just use IE.

It was at this point Google came up with the idea of extending Chrome to an OS..an internet based OS. The first response from MS  to it was the usual one, mock at it. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was trying to belittle Chrome as just an “interesting” thing.”Who knows what this thing is? To me, the Chrome OS thing is highly interesting,” said Ballmer, choosing his words carefully and drawing more amusement from the largely pro-Microsoft crowd.”It won’t happen for a year and a half and they already announced an operating system,” he added, referring to Google’s Android system for smartphones. [Taken from a Reuters report].

Good one Mr.Ballmer, perhaps you should watch this video before making another comment.

Mr. Ballmer do you remember one of the comments thats pictured in that video that was actually made by you. May be in a couple of years that statement can be replaced with the one you just made.Ok now if you dont see Google as a competitor at all, then why did u just hit the panic button. You guys were running around announcing Microsoft Gazelle , a browser with a kernel funda, that is built for clouds. Well thats the same thing but even better what Google aims by Chrome OS. And what was that all of a sudden announcement for an online version of MS word for?And Office 2010 too…Because you know it well that Windows is the trump card. The rest of the story is dependant on the future of Windows. If MS lose the OS bussiness, then they are finished. So its absolutely necessary to fight off this threat. Doesnt matter if it takes to use a ‘Puking’ ad.

Wow..it seems like google is planning to take over the world. This time its an OS from them and they call it the Google Chrome OS. The official blog calls it an “extension” of the Chrome browzer, they were kidding. Chrome OS is a lightweight, open-source PC-operating system that is built over the Linux kernel. And like most google products its supposed to be free of cost as well. Now thats a real deal..all the freedom of open-source and the support of a giant, thats most men’s dream.

The very concept the Chrome OS is that its the browzer thats the real OS. Most applications are kept online. Now what the OS is supposed to provide is a quick-starting light and power saving OS that can support this concept. Cynics might ask then how can it be a danger to the current  OS giant Microsoft when chrome is not designed for those power users out there at all. The issue gets strong when the figures show that most of the PC users are not the so called power users. They use PC to access the net, to stay in touch, to make words docs, spreadsheets and do presentations.People dont want to worry about carrying around files and searching out for drivers. Now for them Chrome is the answer to their prayers. And they are the majority. But of course those power users are gonna have a bad time with Chrome. Those like the multimedia eds and the gamers. But they are just a handfull in this world.

The announcement came this tuesday night and in just two days itself it has become one of the most discussed topics in the internet world. People are shooting questions on more detailed informations on the OS and its supports. Unconfirmed reports are coming from around the globe regarding Google negotiating with most OEMs invluding Dell, HP, Asus and Acer. But till this moement they havent given an official comment on that.And as far as the experts can think, it will be a good offer for those OEMs as well. Afterall it can save them around $50 per machine.Considering the ability of Chrome to run on X86 and ARM processors there is every reason to think chrome to be better suited for Netbooks than Windows.

However I was feeling like its Google’s vision into the future. They have already understood computing cannot be contained in a small box. They have realized cloud is the future. With the ability of clouds to share resources the internet becomes the backbone of all computing and all you will ever need is a browzer(what will a browzer look like at that time is something I cant predict).Now in that scenario, it will be the Chrome that makes the future. And what can we use Windows for then…perhaps to sit back and watch the clouds moving in the sky. I would like to quote a a few words I have read about this issue, “If indeed Google puts out a fast, easy to use operating system that lets netbooks soar and free users from constant software patches, Microsoft will find it very hard to explain to consumers why they should continue to use its software, other than just out of a foolish consistency.”

But at the end of the day,there is one thing that makes me wonder…what happened to the android project. HP already had plans to make it their OS for netbooks . Chrome is an entirely different OS and has nothing to do with the Android. Did they really drop the Android project or did they decide to keep it exclusive for the mobile devices. Man its Google. When they do something, there is always a purpose.

Finally a five year wait comes to an end. Google is tearing off its beta tag today. I dont know what took them five years to do that considering the fact that the so called ‘beta’ google apps were working fine all these time without crashing,and infact were more reliable than most other ‘final releases’. If you are a critic then the fact that more than 1,750,000 companies around the globe use Google apps to run their bussiness, and that includes Google as well. And they had more than what others had to offer and came with a 24×7 support.

Happy days ahead for those who thought that beta tag to be a real annoying thing to see and for those who thought that tag was a disgrace for the reputation of google. Those who felt insecure to live under a beta tag are also now happy. But what about those who were in love with that tag,it was a part of their daily life. Google has a solution for them too. They are providing an option from the Google Labs to re-enable the beta tag if u think u cant live without it. See how caring google is. I wasn’t joking,its this spirit that made Google the giant as we see now. They really earned it.

They are lifting the beta tag from the customer and enterprise versions of Gmail, Gtalk, Google calendar and google docs. Yes there are a lot of apps still in the google arsenal who still wear the tag, but time is lying unlimited before us. Just give it some more time dear. And if they ask me which product I want to get fixed next I will go with Picasa. Not that Picasa is crashing in my machine, but just to see a Google marvel without a naive tag.  Google Rocks!!!

And finally today…

Google Chrome

Posted: May 20, 2009 in google, reviews
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I am using google chrome right now and I am really loving it. What surprises me most is the startup latency. Its like u click the shortcut,bang, here it is..And the incognito window feature is something I always wanted.The speed dial feature they use is too cool. And the good part is they intelligently places my favorite links on them and I dont have to manually set anything.It appears like google is taking care of me personally. I have heard complaints that it sometimes crashes but I have never had one yet. And well if u are using the Beta version then you should be expecting a few of them. So I suggest those who are crying on it,please let the google guys know more about the crash so that they can fix it.

And dear please dont ask whether chrome is the next IE..IE is way out of picture. Though I am a windows fan, I should say that IE suX big time. Too slow, damn heavy..I hate IE browsing. The major contender in my opinion is the Firefox 3 from Mozilla. There are practically unlimited number of plugins available for firefox (though most of them only crashes the browzer)..Well lets wait and see who finally wins..Anyway I am using chrome only..

There are a hundred other reasons to say Chrome is the best. Now my friend Gunjan Gogia has written a bit on her blog about the same.Since we share the same opinion I will just put a link to there from here.

And to finish it,Google rocks!!! And chrome too.

Another outage from google, but this time its only the gmail. Everything else was up and running. And that lasted only very little, buts its the mighty gmail that went down. That wud be more serious than a days power failure for the whole of NY city. I personally had a big trouble with it. Today was the review date for the Infosys interns and they came to me to download their presentation they have mailed from infosys..Wow, what a timing, Gmail is on a 500..

Anyway the good news is that, its now up and running. Dont worry, its just some consolation for the cynics..Google is not going to go down.. Atleast not untill Googleplex at Mountain View, California gets nuked or something…he he…Google rocks…

An Alienware PC was always my dream but I had to settle for a Dell XPS,afterall Alienware is now a Dell posession. Doesnt matter there is no one to preceed the Aliens when it comes to style and performance,though it can burn a hole in your pocket. But now the two giants Google and Alienware (Dell) joins hands to make THE PHONE.Well see that for once and then we will talk about the rest.

Alienware makes the body and Google makes the soul.Yes its a Google Android powered phone.I cant take my eyes off this one.God gimme a few hundred bucks and I am gonna have one of its kind.I love that Alien glow. Put short the highlights of it are(adopted contents):

  • Classic Alienware eye catching design
  • Large screen with high resolution
  • Superb video gaming capability
  • Fantastic Audio
  • Built on the Google Android platform
So is it a plane,is it a superman or is it an Alien.
PS: Mr.Superman is also an alien from Krypton…lol.